28th April 2021 by Wilks Head & Eve
Today marks the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. In order to raise awareness of this important day. Wilks Head & Eve would like to address how as a business we have addressed the coronavirus pandemic which has devastated economies and caused unprecedented challenges to businesses around the world.
Wilks head & Eve has strictly followed the advice from RICS regarding inspections for properties. This has ensured that we protect our staff but keep fully functioning as a business.
Safeguarding both our staff and clients is of upmost importance to us, which is why as a company, Wilks Head & Eve has strictly followed the advice issued from RICS regarding property inspections to ensure safety is paramount without hindering the day-to-day function of our business.
In 2020 we won the instruction for the Right to Buys for a local London council. To maintain our record of meeting deadlines and providing high quality valuations, a Covid-19 screening questionnaire was introduced. We worked in collaboration with the council to guarantee the protection of tenants and our staff was kept as top priority. This involved the administration team asking tenants screening questions, such as:
This information has been recorded and maintained for any issue that may arise in the inspection process. Furthermore, to mitigate any risks of spreading Covd-19 we limited the time spent in the property, whilst still providing a thorough inspection.
Prior to the pandemic all Wilks Head & Eve property inspections were carried out with the appropriate PPE equipment and tools to accurately value/inspect a property. Due to Covid-19 this kit was updated to ensure the protection of staff and tenants in line with RICS Guidance. In addition to the standard PPE, staff are provided with One use gloves, masks, and hand sanitiser. This was vital to ensure that the RICS valuation practice alert for Covid-19 was maintained.
“I am sure we can all agree that we were stepping into unchartered territory conducting inspections in the middle of a global pandemic. Wilks Head & Eve reassured me that my safety and the general public’s safety were the highest priority, ensuring I had all of the essential PPE as advised by the RICS and a robust COVID-19 screening process for tenants, allowed me to carry out my inspections safely”
Michael Nzekwue MSc MRICS RICS Registered Valuer- Wilks Head & Eve LLP